Just Two Hours of Nature Time a Week Could Have a Huge Impact on Your Health, Says New Study

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Are you feeling down and depressed? Struggling with the daily grind? Did you just go through a breakup, have a rough week at work, or get in a fight with a friend?

The way to feel better may be easier than you think. In fact, it may be as simple as walking outside. If you’ve been looking for a low cost, super efficient way of boosting your mood, you should think about simply spending some time in nature. A new study from the UK indicates that just a couple of hours in the great outdoors could have some major health benefits, including the mood boost that you need.

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to take advantage of the great outdoors. Throw open your door and head outside! Actually, wait… definitely read this whole article first, then you’re free to gallivant through some fields or rest next to a beautiful beach. You deserve it.

“Just get some fresh air” is never bad advice.

Who doesn’t feel better when they’re surrounded by plants or a babbling brook?

That definitely gives you health benefits thanks to the exercise!

Getting outside and pulling your mind away from the internet can have a major positive impact on your health.

It makes perfect sense.

How long do you need to be outside? Where? When?

They recruited 20,000 participants to track their activities for a week.

To discover how much time outside gave you the positive effects.

And it surprised researchers how easy it was to get outside for long enough.

In fact, it’s really easy to get the positive side-effects…

So easy that you might just question how accurate the results are.

That’s right. Spend two hours each week in nature and you’ll get some seriously good side effects.

But the effects peaked around 200-300 total minutes outside each week.

It doesn’t matter how you split those two hours up.

You’re golden.

Still a-ok.

You could lie on a blanket in the sun. As long as you’re in nature, you’re fine.

The one caveat: it has to be actual nature.

Specifically, the study looked at “open spaces in and around towns and cities, including parks, canals, and nature areas; the coast and beaches; and the countryside including farmland, woodland, hills and rivers.”

Making it a very accessible prescription.

60% of the people in the study weren’t getting the recommended amount of time outside.

And we could get some major health benefits.

And it was constructed because patients wanted to know if spending time outside could really help them to feel better.

“They’re coming to us and saying ‘Doctor, how long do I have to spend?'” according to lead author, Mathew White.

But it’s just the beginning.

It only lasted a week.

“What we really need is a longitudinal cohort of a few thousand people that we monitor for a few years to see what happens when they change their exposure to nature and what happens in the period afterward—months and years—to their health and well-being,” shares White.

And it could be the basis for governments to recommend time outside.

Not only were there thousands of participants, they also hit all kinds of demographics: young, old, male, female, urban, rural, rich, and poor.

I’m going to tell my boss I can’t make it in today; I have to go outside.

It’s for my health.

Go outside!